Carmen Jones Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

Carmen Jones

In 1943, Oscar Hammerstein Jr. took Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, rewrote the lyrics, changed the characters from 19th century Spaniards to World War II-era African-Americans, switched the locale to a Southern military base, and the result was Carmen Jones. Dorothy Dandridge stars as Carmen Jones, tempestuous employee of a parachute factory. Harry Belafonte plays Joe (originally José), a young military officer engaged to marry virginal Cindy Lou (Olga James). When Carmen gets into a fight with another girl, she is placed under arrest and put in Joe’s charge. Succumbing to her attractiveness, Joe accompanies Carmen to her old neighborhood, where, after killing a sergeant sent to retrieve him, he deserts the army. Carmen tries to be faithful, but fortune-telling Frankie (Pearl Bailey) warns her that she and her soldier are doomed. Enter Joe Adams in the role of boxer Husky Miller (a play on Carmen’s bullfighter Escamillo), who sweeps Carmen off her feet, ultimately with tragic consequences. Alhough both Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte were singers, their opera voices were dubbed in by LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Release date: Oct 5, 1954
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
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Genre: Classics,Drama,Musical & Performing Arts

Carmen Jones Caste and Crew
Director: Otto Preminger
writer: Harry Kleiner
Dorothy Dandridge,Harry Belafonte,Roy Glenn,Pearl Bailey,Joe Adams,Olga James,Diahann Carroll,Nick Stewart [Nicodemus],Brock Peters,Sandy Lewis,Mauri Lynn,DeForest Covan,LeVern Hutcherson,Marilyn Horne,Marvin Hayes,Roy E. Glenn Sr.,Alvin Ailey,Carmen De Lavallade,Bernie Hamilton,Max Roach